News of members
Welcome to the Margrett family of Taunton. We were glad to see Wendy, Chris, Isla and Freya all featuring at our first league event of the season at Ashley Combe.
Mountain adventure awaits
There will be QO representation in the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) to be held in the Black Mountains in South Wales in late October.
Signed up are ultra runner Adrian Edwards with his long standing race partner Richie Hill and Angela Modica with her husband Spencer.
Two dozen of us ran the Lakes 5 Days up in the Lake District.
Later in the month, Andy Rimes & Rosie Wych ran at O 5 Dias near the Picos in northern Spain.
Several members have been testing themselves further afield. Andy Rimes and Rosie Wych at O France, Adele Appleby at the World Masters in Denmark, Andrew Page in Ypres, Belgium and John Abbott in a variety of mountain marathons.
Rosie's results in Moselle (in the NE of France) were particularly impressive. She ran consistently well over the five days and her final position was 8th out of 39 in the W60 class. Full article, Results, Website
Andrew competed in the Euro sprint league at Ieper (Ypres) in early July. Despite being pitted against runners up to the age of 16, all from abroad, he was nearer the winner's time than the person finishing last.
John Abbott completed both days of the LAMM on the Isle of Harris, Scotland in early June. In early May he did two of the three days at the Great Lakeland 3 Day. We tend to see John running the Brown course on hilly, open areas, so the penny should have dropped that's this is his thing!
Congratulations to Tom Hasler and Owen Maynard, who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Ten Tors expeditions in mid May. Tom's team did the 45 mile expedition and Owen's the 35 mile one. Tom was tasked with navigating for his injury-hit team, which finished with 17 minutes to spare.
Congratulations to Brian Fletcher and his wife Vicki on the birth of their second child, Annie, at teatime on Friday 11 May.
So far this year, the following people have joined the club:
John Carter of Pitney, who joins us having taken the Light Green course in his stride at our QOFLs at Wind Down and Young Wood last season.
Deb and Kev Hazell of Torrington. Deb has been a regular on the Light Green course at QOFLs this season.
Daniel Jones who's from near Frome, joining a growing contingent from the eastern fringes of Somerset.
Ben Loudon of Bridport, possibly our most south-easterly member. We met Ben at our Ham Hill event last month, when he braved the wind and rain on one of our most technical areas to finish a respectable 4th on the Orange course. Ben has since achieved a respectable score in his first after dark event at Fyne Court.
Janet Scott of Wells. Janet tried the Orange course at our league event at Ham Hill. She got round what was quite a tricky course pretty quickly - even if she did omit one of the controls! Thankfully, that didn't put her off because Janet has since attended a JOG session.
Molli Riley of Chard. Molli ran at our JOG events at Fyne Court and Lydeard Hill last term. Since then, she paired up to try out the Light Green course at Ham Hill.
The Marson family of North Brewham (located to the NW of Cranborne Chase). We met Guy, Samantha, Orla and Esme at JOG last term. Since then, they have had a go at the Green course, at BOK's event in Wells last month and ran at the West Woods south west league event in Wiltshire.
Since then, they've challenged themselves at the South West League event (Galoppen) at West Woods in Wiltshire.
We're very glad that so many people decided to join us last year- thank you! If you want to read more about them, please click on the link below.
Notice for non-members
You need to join us if you have had 3 or more runs at our events.
After this point, runs will not be covered under British Orienteering's (BOF's) public liability insurance. Regrettably we cannot let uninsured runners take part.
All new members are allocated to a team which will help run two events per season - to find out which one, please click here. Helping at our events is a great way of meeting of meeting and catching up with other members.